Interpretive Operations Support Volunteer (Visitor Center)

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This is a volunteer position under the supervision of the VIP Coordinator or delegated to a park guide/ranger for the Division of Interpretation. The volunteer’s primary duty station is at the Great Basin Visitor Center in the town of Baker, NV. The volunteer’s primary responsibility will be to assist in front desk operations and provide interpretive roves.

This volunteer position offers a $20 a day reimbursement to the volunteer. A volunteer uniform shirt will be provided to the volunteer and must be worn with clean brown/tan jeans or brown/tan slacks. Pants will not be worn or frayed.

Volunteers must be able to work assigned hours and provide/arrange their own transportation to the workplace.

Volunteer under the age of 18 must have a signed Parental Approval Form (NPS Form 10-89)

The volunteer must be at least 13 years old or entering the 7 th grade. The volunteer must also:

  • Be willing to accept responsibilities as directed and follow through with and complete assigned responsibilities


Volunteer will work 32 to 40 hours a week, with at least a 60 day commitment. This will be outlined in detail to the volunteer before an agreement is signed and will be noted on the agreement. The time commitment will begin the date established on the agreement and end on the date in the agreement or at the end of the fiscal year. Agreements can be renewed annually.


Under direct/indirect supervision of an interpretive park ranger, the volunteer will assist front desk interpretive ranger with operation of the WNPA bookstore register, answer visitor questions, receive and price WNPA products, stock shelves, assist in inventory counts, and all other duties assigned by the VIP coordinator, interpretive supervisor and the WNPA bookstore manager. The volunteer will NOT have access to the federal fees register, safe access, or fee counts. The volunteer may be asked to help with special programs, cave tours, astronomy programs or roving.

The volunteer will also:

  • Strive to use methods and language to meet the needs and understanding of the park visitor.
  • Provide accurate information about the park and surrounding area.
  • Encourage compliance with park regulations through understanding.
  • Learn and consistently follow all safety practices applicable to job and surroundings in which work is performed. When appropriate, submits constructive suggestions to reduce or eliminate safety hazards to employees and visitors. Review and sign all JHAs applicable to their work.
  • Provide quality interpretation and education programs.


  • Be able to open, close, and operate the WNPA cash register according to instructions.
  • Be able to describe cave formations, cave processes, and general geology of the area.
  • Understand the National Park Service Mission (Organic Act) and know the basic history of the NPS.
  • Understand the Great Basin National Park mission, along with the basic history of Great Basin National Park.
  • Understand basic management policies of Great Basin National Park and the National Park Service

The volunteer will contribute to the effective operations of Great Basin National Park’s interpretive program. The volunteer’s contact with the public will enhance the quality of the visitor experience and may influence the park visitor’s opinion, attitude, and enjoyment of the park.


  • This position requires standing for long periods of time and lifting boxes up to 25lbs.


  • Great Basin Visitor Center is located at an elevation of approximately 5,300 feet.
  • Lehman Caves Visitor Center is located at an elevation of approximately 6,825 feet.

Training will be provided by WNPA bookstore manager and various interpretive staff. After the initial training period, plus a reasonable time of performing the assigned duties, the volunteer will be reviewed and evaluated by their trainer.

Start Date - 2022-07-25

End Date - 2022-09-24

Activities include: Visitor Information

Difficulty_Level: Average

Hosts Housing Amenities: RV/Trailer Pads

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Baker, NV 89311



  • Outdoor Recreation
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  • People 55+


  • Wednesday;Thursday;Friday;Saturday

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